From the Staff . . .

Music Ministry

August 2023 – Carey Huddlestun

Overview

The Music Ministry enables the community of Parkway Baptist Church to worship God through the transformative act of singing together and by presenting acts of worship with excellence and authenticity using a variety of musical instruments and ensembles.

Sanctuary Choir

Sanctuary Choir leads in worship by leading in congregational singing and by preparing and presenting choral works that speak to the Word of the day. The Sanctuary Choir also presents music services during high points of the Church Year typically during the Advent/Christmas seasons and during the Lent/Easter seasons.

All youth and adults who can sing, who can regularly attend rehearsals, and who have had experience singing choral music are welcome to participate! Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Summer Choir

Summer Choir leads in worship during the Summer months. All youth and adults who can sing, who can regularly attend Sunday morning rehearsals, and who have had choral singing experience are welcome to participate. Summer Choir is an opportunity to sing and lead in worship without the commitment of Wednesday night rehearsals. Summer Choir’s rehearsals are on Sunday mornings beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Christmas Choir

Christmas Choir prepares a service of worship using primarily scripture and music for service during the Advent/Christmas seasons. If you enjoy singing Christmas music but can not commit to a full rehearsal on Wednesdays, the Christmas Choir is for you.

Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings, beginning at 7 p.m. and ending at 7:30 p.m., often dismissing even earlier. At 7:30 p.m., Christmas Choir singers are thanked and graciously invited to leave the rehearsal while members of the Sanctuary Choir remain. Rehearsals begin in the late Summer. 

Instrumental Ensemble

Instrumental Ensemble leads in worship once a month. Rehearsals begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary on the Sunday mornings that the group plays. In addition, the group usually leads in worship during the Christmas Eve service.

Old band and/or orchestra members and current band or orchestra students are invited to participate. This group is open to anyone who has minimal competency on a traditional band/orchestral instrument and is willing to rehearse with the group when scheduled.

History of Church Music

(from The Theology and Place of Music in Worship by RCA Commission on Worship, https://www.faithward.org/the-theology-and-place-of-music-in-worship/)

The people of God sing. The role of music in worship is biblical. After escaping from the Egyptians and crossing the Red Sea, the people of Israel sang a song to the Lord (Exod. 15). Singing was part of Israel’s formal worship in both tabernacle and temple (1 Chron. 6:31-32, 16:42). The Psalms bear rich testimony that in joy and sorrow, in praise and lament, the faithful raise their voices in song to God. Hymn singing was practiced by Jesus and his disciples (Matt. 26:30). The Apostle Paul instructed the Colossians, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col. 3: 16-17).